Camping in the coromandel

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December 13th 2015
Published: January 3rd 2016
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A couple of mates from work and I spent a weekend in the iconic coromandel peninsula. I’ve made a few good friends at work and we had so much fun paddle boarding together on a day trip that we decided to spend a weekend away from the city. The coromandel is a couple hours away from the city and we were geared for a weekend of fun with lots of sunscreen, our tents and camping gear and of course, our togs because we spent the entire weekend in the sea! (see togs -> nz word for bathing suit/swim suit). As soon as we got to the coromandel, the fun began. We spent most of the first day at a beach called Haihei (which was where we set up camp as well). Haihei was so beautiful. The water was so clear and calm. We went snorkelling and had lots of fun splashing around. It was really cold but after a while we didn’t even care! We spent the rest of the day hiking up to the famous cathedral cove, where we swam some more (big surprise there). There were lots of underwater caves that were so scary but really fun to explore. My friend Chris and Stacey have go pros that they brought along with them so we captured quite a few underwater moments and had a ton of fun with the whole adventure. We spent that night lighting a campfire and having a couple beers on the beach. While heading back to the campsite, I met two wonderful and really well travelled Canadians (yes, I could smell their accents a mile away) and we had a long chat about travel and NZ. Kaitlyn and Jeff told me all about the Westcoast of Canada (they lived in BC for 3 years and also spent a few years in Banff) and having never been there myself, they told me how much they think I’d love it if I love NZ as much as I say I do. I definitely have been hearing this quite a lot so now I know where I need to head to next.

Needless to say, this busy day had us all tuckered out zzz and I woke up the next morning hearing meowing outside my tent. I unzipped the tent to find a sweet kitty waiting outside the tent for me. Naturally, I let her in and played with this adorable kitty all morning. Although I decided to call her Maureen, the reception at the camping ground later informed me that she was called pugzy.

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